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Changes to the USS pension scheme

A hub for information regarding the UCU strike action and facts about the proposed changes to the USS pension scheme, including frequently asked questions.

The University and College Union (UCU) has suspended planned industrial action at UCL, and supports the establishment of a Joint Expert Panel. 


Proposed changes to USS - FAQ's and guidance


UCU Industrial Action 

Full days of strike action by UCU are scheduled to take place as follows:

  • Week 1: Thursday and Friday 22-23 February
  • Week 2: Monday – Wednesday 26-28 February
  • Week 3: Monday – Thursday 5-8 March
  • Week 4: Monday – Friday 12-16 March

Staff must use the online reporting system to declare that they are taking strike action or Action Short Of a Strike (ASOS). Staff who are not members of UCU may choose not to cross the picket line, thereby effectively joining the strike. Anyone refusing to cross the picket line should also report their absence in this way. They will need to enter each day of action separately. This information will be used to enact payroll deductions. The calculation for payroll deductions is based on total annual gross pay divided by 365 to calculate a day's pay, and the deduction will appear on the deductions side of the payslip. Action taken in February should be recorded by Friday 9 March for pay deductions in the March payroll, action taken between 5 - 8 March by Friday 6 April for pay deductions in the April payroll, and action taken between 12 - 16 March by Friday 6 April for pay deductions in the May payroll. However for health and safety reasons staff are encouraged to use the reporting system, or notify their line manager, in advance or on the day of strike action if possible. This is to ensure adequate safety cover in labs, and enough fire marshalls in each UCL building.

Related Information 


Related News Items


Message from the Provost on pensions

We are now into the second pensions strike period affecting universities across the UK and I was pleased to see that talks yesterday between UUK and UCU have made some early progress. They have also agreed to conduct further talks next week, mediated by ACAS – an important step.

1 March 2018

The Portico

Advice for students

UCL teaching to be affected by industrial action from next week. 

14 February 2018